The National, Monday 19th December 2011
A PROJECT designed to make Mt Hagen city crime-free has been launched.
And Western Highlands law and order chairman David Maip has issued a strong warning to youths involved in petty crimes such as pick-pocketing and bag-snatching in Mt Hagen City to stop their illegal activities.
Maip said youths must respect the city and stop such petty crimes because city authorities and people were fed up.
Maip made the comment last Friday following the death of a youth from Southern Highlands who was killed on Paraka Street in heart of the Mt Hagen city last Tuesday.
The youth was suspected of being involved in pick-pocketing.
He said he had initiated the “Hagen Kona Project” with the support of the provincial government to basically make the city become a safe place to live in and do business.
Maip said there were rules and regulations set by the city authority and people must follow them.
He said one frustrated person last Tuesday took out a bush knife and attacked the deceased after suspecting him of picking his pocket of K1,500.
Maip said the farmer grabbed the deceased by the hand and asked him to refund his money but he (deceased) could not locate his other gang members.
The farmer then attacked the youth.
The deceased was rushed to the Mt Hagen General Hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.
Maip said the murder occurred in the heart of the city and called on the youths involved in such crimes to stop.
He said youths must return to their villages and cultivate their land.